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5 Reasons to Use Spearmint Other Than in Gum

5 Reasons to Use Spearmint Other Than in Gum

I am certain we have all tasted spearmint in one form or another.  Spearmint is commonly used to flavor chewing gum and candy, as well as toothpaste, mouthwash, cosmetics, medicines, foods, and drinks.  But, it provides great value to our health other than as a mere flavoring.

I should note that spearmint Mentha spicata is often confused with peppermint Mentha piperita.  It is not surprising since both plants belong to the mint or Lamiaceae family, along with about 25 other species of mint.  But, where spearmint is a native plant, peppermint was created from a cross between water mint Mentha aquatica and spearmint Mentha spicata.

Even though both types of mint have similar uses, spearmint is more predominantly used to make essential oil.  It is the mint I’m focusing on here.  Spearmint can also be used fresh or as a dry herb, tea, tincture, extract, or infusion.  It is generally considered safe, and has gentle yet effective action.

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My 100th Article! 3 Lessons I've Learned

My 100th Article! 3 Lessons I've Learned

(Image of my website in 2015)

When I started this endeavor over three years ago, I did not envision it would be what it is now.

I did not think I would have a weekly blog, and much less that I would have such a wonderful group of clients and followers.

Whether you have been with me from the start or you joined me somewhere along the way, I am extremely grateful for your support.

On this milestone, I am taking the opportunity to reminisce and reflect on how my journey has brought me here, and in the process, share with you some of the lessons I have learned along the way.

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Ways to Reduce Stress at Work

Ways to Reduce Stress at Work

I was recently contacted by a Content Marketing Firm asking if I would be interested in sharing the attached infographic, created by The Jacobson Group, on ways to reduce stress at work.  I have written about stress and its damaging effects, provided suggestions on ways to reduce stress through aromatherapy and herbs, and I have covered different ways in which we can manage stress including self-care, being in nature, and dealing with negative thoughts, among others.

But, I have not written about stress at work, and how to manage it.  Given that most of us spent most of our daily lives at work, this is essential to any stress management approach.

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What it Means to be Whole

What it Means to be Whole

What does it mean to be whole? What makes us whole? Is it our careers and professions, our families, our friends, our interests, our passions, our health? Or, is it a combination of it all? What else is involved in our wholeness?

Many of us find ourselves on a rat race to find our wholeness, feeling something is missing, and hoping we can find it sometime, somewhere, somehow, and most likely with some person. Meanwhile, the answer is simply within us.

I have been on the search for my wholeness for years, until I finally figured it out. I did not come to the conclusion by myself. I read a lot, sought after guides, and teachers, and talked to people about it. And, I am not alone. This is something that many of us are in search for. Here is what I have figured out.

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How to 'Get Off Your Acid'

How to 'Get Off Your Acid'

The book Get Off Your Acid- 7 Steps in 7 Days was published on January 9, 2018. Dr. Daryl Gioffre offers a solution on how to create a balance in the body for too much acidity or alkalinity. I wrote about our diet’s acid and alkaline balance a while ago. Although I was familiar with the topic of the book, I was curious to see what else I could learn. The book did not disappoint.

The article I wrote before introduced the concept of acidity and alkalinity in the body, how to know if our bodies are acidic, and provided a basic way in which to adjust the balance towards a more balanced pH in the body. The truth is that most people’s bodies are too acidic, and we need to learn to balance towards a more alkaline body. Get Off Your Acid agrees with this, and goes more in depth.

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7 More Herbs to Get to Know

7 More Herbs to Get to Know

A few weeks ago I wrote about nine herbs to get to know, and today I wanted to tell you about seven more.

Before I start I want to clarify that although I recommend taking herbs, supplements, and essential oils for different conditions, I believe it is best that we listen to our bodies and decide what we feel is best for us, given how our bodies respond.

Although it is true that the herbs included here support the conditions described, I recommend trying the herbs for ourselves and paying attention to how our bodies react. We are bioindividuals, and our bodies respond differently to different remedies. I described what it means to be a bioindividual when I shared an article about a rice diet.

What this means is that what works for one person, may not work for everyone. So, give it a try, but take it all with a grain of salt. Watch how and whether the herb or supplement works on your body, and make the necessary adjustments. It may work wonders, but you may discover that it does not work well for you. Only you can decide that.

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5 Quick & Effective Ways to Care for Ourselves

5 Quick & Effective Ways to Care for Ourselves

We are a mere week into the New Year, and I would assume most of us are back at work and in the midst of our daily routine. As we take steps towards our 2018 resolutions, we should not forget about ourselves. Self-care is an essential part of our wellbeing, not only to help us stay healthy, but also to help us stay calm and balanced.

Stress is inescapable, and thus finding ways to manage it and reduce it is vital to ensuring we have long and healthy lives. I have written about the damage stress can create, so I won’t get into it here. Instead, I’ll provide 5 quick and effective ways we can use to better care for ourselves.

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Essential Oils That Support Anxiety Relief

Essential Oils That Support Anxiety Relief

I am sharing with you an article I wrote that was published in the July issue of Aroma Culture Magazine. I have modified it slightly from how it originally appeared.

Many, if not all, of the clients I have, experience some form of anxiety or stress. Anxiety and stress are common ailments in our society, and include physical and psychological symptoms. Anxiety often involves an increase in sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity, including an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, among others. It can cause restlessness, fatigue, irritability, panic, and difficulty concentrating. However, symptoms vary from person to person.

In my experience aromatherapy can provide a great support in the relief of stress and anxiety, and I have found many studies that provide evidence of how essential oils can help decrease some of the symptoms.

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Heal Your Life

Heal Your Life

A few weeks ago an e-mail popped into my inbox regarding a book called Heal Your Life. It claimed to be similar or in some ways related to Louise Hay’s Heal Your Body, which I wrote about in a previous article. It turns out that the author, Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat, had known Louise Hay and even became friends with her, but the subject of the book was very different. Where Heal Your Body dealt with the mental causes of the different ailments we have, this book, Heal Your Life is about healing through specific steps.

I was of course drawn to the subject matter. Healing and wellness are a passion, so I’m always drawn to different approaches for achieving health.

This book is different because it deals with faith. Faith is something that can make some people uncomfortable. This book deals with faith in general, and not any one religion in particular. It is simply about having a belief in a Higher Power.

But, do not let that deter you. Each chapter in the book describes one of 25 ways in which we can call on different aspects of our lives to help us heal ourselves, which may be particularly useful during tough times. Although many of the steps have to do with faith, most of them do not.

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What We Need to Know About Vitamins

What We Need to Know About Vitamins

Many people have asked what my thoughts are on taking vitamins and supplements. Although I support the use of vitamins, supplements, and other forms of herbal remedies, I advocate for these when we need physical, mental, or emotional support. But, if we are perfectly healthy, I do not believe we need supplements, including vitamins, in the forms of a pill.

Instead, I believe we should get them through our food. If we consume a colorful diet, where are at least half consists of fruits and vegetables, albeit mostly vegetables, we should be getting the vitamins we require. That is a gross generalization, and I repeat, one that should work if we are generally healthy. If we have a deficiency, then of course it is important we supplement.

I understand that our lifestyles make it difficult to keep a healthy diet where we eat mostly plant-based foods. Thus, the only alternative is to take vitamins. If that is the case, I will share what we need to know about vitamins.

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